Admin Help Update — Labor Day edition

Greetings Admin Help Make-ers!

As was unanimously decided by all 2 meeting-goers at the admin help IRC meeting today, I, @jazzs3quence, have been elected as your brave leader.

Here’s what was discussed:

  • Test results are in. @siobhan will post the videos. The reader’s digest result is that no one clicked on the help tabs. This should surprise precisely no one, since that’s the reason we’re here, but it at least confirms the premise that this project is based on.
  • We’re going to shoot for implementing 3 new tests next go-round:

1) Help moved to the admin bar — @jazzs3quence will look into that as well as possibly implementing something along the lines of this Trac ticket
2) Help tab a different color — @ubernaut will cut his pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party development teeth with a simple plugin that will add an admin stylesheet we can use to just apply some CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. to the help tab to make it more noticeable
3) Help in the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. — We’ll just throw WP-Help into the test site. @siobhan may (or may not) be able to help writing some simple text to use for docs that would be added to the WP Help plugin that could walk the user through the steps the user tests are having the testers complete.

The theory is that we can try to have this stuff ready by the next meeting so the following week can be running the tests and talking about the results after that.

@siobhan has indicated that she won’t be able to do much until December but will still come to meetings and offer suggestions/advice. We’ll have to soldier on without her. 🙂

One final note, as we start getting into building some plugins and running tests — we should be using MP6 since that’s going to be integrated into 3.8, so on the test sites and in our own dev environments we should make sure we have that plugin installed and active.

That’s all, folks!

#3-8, #admin-help, #dashboard-help